BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf
Dutch Baroque Era Painter, ca.1631-1708 Ludolf Backhuysen (or Bakhuizen) (Dec 28, 1630 - Nov 17, 1708) was a Dutch painter, born in Emden, Hanover. Bakhuysen started his career as a bookkeeper. He had a very nice handwriting and loved arithmetic. Working for a wealthy merchant at Amsterdam, he discovered so strong a genius for painting that he relinquished the business and devoted himself to art. He studied first under Allart van Everdingen and then under Hendrik Dubbels, two eminent masters of the time, and soon became celebrated for his sea-pieces. He was an ardent student of nature, and frequently exposed himself on the sea in an open boat in order to study the effects of storms. His compositions, which are numerous, are nearly all variations of one subject, the sea, and in a style peculiarly his own, marked by intense realism or faithful imitation of nature. In his later years Backhuysen employed his skills in etching and calligraphy. During his life Backhuysen was visited by Cosimo III de' Medici and Peter the Great. In 1699 he opened a gallery on the topfloor of the famous Amsterdam townhall. After a visit to England he died in Amsterdam on November 17, 1708.

 

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BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast oil painting   

Painting ID::  4898
BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf
Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast
1667 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Art, Washington

   
   
     

 

 

BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf Ships Running Aground in a Storm  hh oil painting   

Painting ID::  4899
BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf
Ships Running Aground in a Storm hh
1690s Oil on canvas, 173,5 x 341 cm Mus??es Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

   
   
     

 

 

BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf View from the Mussel Pier in Amsterdam hh oil painting   

Painting ID::  4900
BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf
View from the Mussel Pier in Amsterdam hh
1673 Oil on canvas Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

   
   
     

 

 

BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf Ships on the Zuiderzee before the Fort of Naarden fgg oil painting   

Painting ID::  4901
BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf
Ships on the Zuiderzee before the Fort of Naarden fgg
1660s Oil on oak, 37,5 x 48,4 cm Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

   
   
     

 

 

BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf Shipwreck by the Coastal Cliffs oil painting   

Painting ID::  34277
BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf
Shipwreck by the Coastal Cliffs
mk91 Oil on canvas 52.5x68

   
   
     

 

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BACKHUYSEN, Ludolf
Dutch Baroque Era Painter, ca.1631-1708 Ludolf Backhuysen (or Bakhuizen) (Dec 28, 1630 - Nov 17, 1708) was a Dutch painter, born in Emden, Hanover. Bakhuysen started his career as a bookkeeper. He had a very nice handwriting and loved arithmetic. Working for a wealthy merchant at Amsterdam, he discovered so strong a genius for painting that he relinquished the business and devoted himself to art. He studied first under Allart van Everdingen and then under Hendrik Dubbels, two eminent masters of the time, and soon became celebrated for his sea-pieces. He was an ardent student of nature, and frequently exposed himself on the sea in an open boat in order to study the effects of storms. His compositions, which are numerous, are nearly all variations of one subject, the sea, and in a style peculiarly his own, marked by intense realism or faithful imitation of nature. In his later years Backhuysen employed his skills in etching and calligraphy. During his life Backhuysen was visited by Cosimo III de' Medici and Peter the Great. In 1699 he opened a gallery on the topfloor of the famous Amsterdam townhall. After a visit to England he died in Amsterdam on November 17, 1708.